Come and sit with me a while…


…and tell me about your world                                                                                                           We can trade ideas and tell tales, and watch the world go by                                                     Or we can rest in silence                                                                                                                       In each other’s company, and just be.

If you’d like, you can tell me what makes you happy                                                                  And if the happiness comes from the swirling world around you                                              Or the calm world within                                                                                                                 How do you crawl out of the sadness and uncertainty that we all experience from time to time?

You can let me know how feeling safe is the steel that holds you up                                       And if you’re able to create a haven to always surround you                                                       I’ll bet some of your childhood memories have followed you through your life                          Do you recall both the good and bad, or only the ones that made you feel snug and protected?

You can tell me about a time when you risked your life to save another human being            To save man’s best friend                                                                                                                   Or the time when you rescued an entangled moth in a diabolical spider’s web                        How far have you gone?

You can let me know what’s up with people who shun others who are not like them                Fear, self-righteousness, or down right stupidity are the likely culprits                                   I’ll bet you don’t have any logical answers                                                                                      Because this hatred isn’t based in logic, is it?

You can share how you keep your health at the center of your being                                  Because we both know that it’s the most important possession we have                                     I’m sure we have both struggled with the opposing weights of health and dis-ease                 Where do you find the strength to shield others from your personal concerns?

And tell me about the challenges you face with striking a balance between selfishness and giving                                                                                                                                                   How you ensure your rest while never missing out on having fun                                      Planning for the future seems logical                                                                                               But living in the moment is more important, isn’t it?

Tell me how you roll with the seasons                                                                                             The seasons of your life, of daily changes, the seasons that bring us both glorious and challenging weather                                                                                                                             Do you feel compelled to resist                                                                                                          Or do you take the simpler path and embrace whatever comes your way?

And tell me some of your secrets                                                                                                     And who else knows of them                                                                                                                 And why you hide them from your friends, your family, the world                                         Are they private thoughts or misdeeds that are not really part of your character?

None of these questions really need answers                                                                                The answers will likely change with time anyway                                                                     Why don’t we just rest in the calmness of silence

Won’t                                                                                                                                                    you                                                                                                                                                         just                                                                                                                                                           come                                                                                                                                                      and sit                                                                                                                                                              with              me                                                                                                                                                               a                                                                                                                                                        while?



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15 Responses to Come and sit with me a while…

  1. bittygirl51 says:

    Diane, Is that original? Something you wrote? It’s beautiful and I will be back to answer some of those questions when I have more time. Thank you for sharing. Linda

    • Diane Fiore says:

      Linda, It would be so great if you answered some of the questions. I love how you reflect on your life and share it with ease on your blog.

      I did write this. It took me a while….

  2. mafarckle says:

    Diane that was so creative and mind searching. You are an angel evolving in your spirituality and helping others on their path. I have a little squirrel and chipmunk here at my sliding glass door looking inside and asking ” Where’s the Beef ! ” So I will give them a treat now. Love, Patti

    • Diane Fiore says:

      You make me laugh, Patti. The squirrels and chipmunks co-exist at your door…they know that you will give them what they need. You’re a spirit guide for all things living. Thank you, as always, for your kind words.

  3. Care says:

    I love this piece. This is an inspiring piece of writing that is worth reading again.

    • Diane Fiore says:

      Care, Maybe you can sit with me a while on that special little hill with the chairs, on the dock at the pond, or on warm stone on the mount.

      See you in all of those places very soon.

  4. bittygirl51 says:

    I envision us, Diane sitting in those Adirondack chairs sipping a cup of tea on a chilly morning covered up with two of my favorite lap size quilts, as we chat and become better acquainted. I find happiness in the world around me as well as the calm from within. I am a people lover, so people make me smile…especially people of like mind and faith. But, then there are those moments when I desire to be alone and allow my mind to wander or my creative juices to flow without any noise or interruption. I crave silence often!!

    When I am low I call on a loving Savior who’s quick to comfort me and remind me that I’m chosen. You might find me on my knees in my little prayer closet or you mind find me reading His word. Once in awhile when I am down in the dumps I recognize the need to talk to someone “with skin on”…and will call on a best friend, someone I can trust (a person who will not mock, a person who will not gossip, a person who feels my pain and understands what I am going through.)

    I recently told my husband on our 16th wedding anniversary that he was the one (besides the Lord) that gave me a feeling of safety, that helped me to know that no matter what – he was on my side and would always go to bat for me!!

    I cherish the good childhood memories and can now laugh at most of the bad ones. I find myself embracing the title “Victor” rather than “Survivor” over my past and my dysfunctional family. They have helped me to become who I am today – and for that I am grateful.

    I can tell you about a time when I performed the Heimlich maneuver on a young daughter when she was choking on a plastic Easter Egg – and how scared I was at the time, but how relieved I was when it worked!!

    I would share my hurt & frustration with you of the many times I’ve witnessed someone being shunned or mistreated for whatever reason. I would share personal experiences of my own mistreatment and share with you how much I could relate to what they were going through. It truly is illogical!!

    I would talk with you about the constant war I’m in regarding trying to eat right and exercise. I would share my embarrassment with you – knowing what to do, but not always doing it! I would tell you that cake is my cocaine LOL!! and that I just can’t have it in the house or I will eat it!! There would be times when I would be very quiet about my battle, and not say anything – but you would know as would so many of my other loved ones.

    Diane, I’m not so sure I strike a very good balance between giving and taking – I’m much more a giver than a taker. I rarely ask for what I need – and you would know me to have a very “self-deprecating” personality…one that beats herself up way too much!! My friends would confirm that for you.

    I work hard to stay on a schedule (same bedtime, same wake time each day) so that my body gets into a rhythm and I’m able to sleep. Sometimes it works, other times not – but I would share the good news of recently being prescribed Compounded hormones that have helped my insomnia tremendously. I love to have fun and you will often find me planning or organizing some type of get together or fellowship for that sole purpose!

    At my age, I’m not planning a whole lot into the future. I take each day as it comes. That’s not to say I’m not a planner – just the opposite! List maker, organizer, lover of routine – that’s me! But, I’ve mellowed in my later years – thus I’m much more flexible than I was when I was younger.

    In the seasons of life I find my faith grows stronger. He’s walked with me through many storms, but I’ve always discovered that there is sunshine on the other side of the mountain. I try to hold on and stay close to the ONE who can calm the wind and keep my chin up, because He sticks closer than a brother!!

    That I had a brother who was in prison for 32 years – is no longer a secret! It was life changing for he and I when I began to share his story. That I had another brother that was adopted by my aunt and raised as my cousin, another once closely held secret that became an awesome love story between a brother and a sister who found each other later in life! My “secrets” are plentiful – many have suggested I write a book. And yes, there are some misdeeds I’m not proud of and some younger years that I lived void of a Savior. If only, I could have yielded to Him sooner!! So many mistakes could have been avoided!

    But, no regrets – only joy that comes on that chilly morning, when you sit and chat with a friend over a cup of tea! 🙂

  5. Diane Fiore says:

    Thanks for your thoughtful and interesting answers, Linda. I will bring tea for you, hot coco for me, and you bring the lovingly made lap quilts. Wouldn’t that be great!

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  7. bittygirl51 says:

    Thanks, Diane! I have pressed your blog…I hope you don’t mind. It inspired me so much, I couldn’t just comment – but had to answer some of the very thought provoking questions you posed.

    • Diane Fiore says:

      Linda, I’m honored that you pressed my post. Thank you again for your heartfelt answers to the many questions swirling around in my head. We people learn so much about the world from each other.

  8. dementedgirl says:

    Beautiful post Diane!!

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